Press Report – Week 5

Sometimes it’s more about the Cake than the Winning!

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Players from Cliffe & Bubwith enjoy lunch in the sunshine after their match

Wiggington remain top of division 5 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League despite dropping points in their home match against Riccall, Michelle Hall and Sophie Marshman scoring 24 games to snatch a draw for the visitors. Fulford 3 continue to impress as the only unbeaten team in the division, Georgie Stephenson and Sarah Richards finished undefeated in their 57-51 win at Wilberfoss. Cawood notched up their first points of the season, Lesley Savage and Sarah Lee Neeson taking 11 games in their final rubber to see their team home to a 56-52 win against David Lloyd 3.

The York machine rumbles on at the top of division 1, this week’s star performers being Jill Le Pla and Fay Chapman, who racked up 32 games in their team’s demolition of Bishopthorpe. Pocklington look to be establishing themselves as a very handy top half team, all three of their couples making significant contributions in their comfortable victory over York seconds. Jo Middleton and Anna Baker took 33 games for Fulford as they cruised to an emphatic 87-21 win against bottom team Poppleton.

Rufforth grabbed valuable points in their mid-table division 2 clash with Dunnington, captain Kate Lewis and partner Christine Edmond led from the front winning all their rubbers in the 58-50 victory. Diane Lang and Becci Jones bagged 26 games for Starbeck in their triumph over Boston Spa, while David Lloyd overcame Wigginton 59-49.

David Lloyd remain top of division 3 despite going down 46 – 62 at Knaresborough. Jo Earl and Valerie Bell were in form for Cliffe as they celebrated their first win of the campaign against local rivals Bubwith. Copmanthorpe stay in touch with the leaders, Rhian Scott and Sarah Atkinson bagging 26 games, in their victory over Pocklington. Rowntree Park were again only able to field two couples so crashed to a heavy defeat at Fulford.

Lynn Kent and Ann Hopwood amassed 24 games in Copmanthorpe’s comfortable victory over Bubwith in division 6, so they remain top. Poppleton 3 are hard on their heels after scores of twenty plus from all three couples enabled them to see off bottom placed Dunnington.

Although Natalie Muir and Kim Lees only dropped a couple of games for Stamford Bridge, it wasn’t enough to inspire their team to victory over division 7 leaders Rufforth. York 3 remain unbeaten after inflicting a heavy defeat on a depleted Wilberfoss side.


The League was saddened to hear about the death of Jean Cross last week. Jean was one of the founder members of the FLITL and was a talented player and active member at Fulford TC for many years. Thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this difficult time.



Division 1: Pocklington 1 73, York 2 35; York 1 83 (J. Le Pla & F. Chapman 32), Bishopthorpe 1 25, Fulford 1 89 (J. Middleton & A. Baker 33), Poppleton 19.

Division 2: Starbeck 58, Boston Spa 1 50; David Lloyd 1 59, Wigginton 1 49; Rufforth 1 58, Dunnington 2 50.

Division 3: Cliffe 62, (J. Earl & V. Bell28), Bubwith 1 46; Copmanthorpe 1 61, Pocklington 2 47; Fulford 2 83, Rowntree Park 25 (Rowntree Park only has 2 couples); Knaresborough 1 62, David Lloyd 2 46.

Division 4: Bishopthorpe 2 53 (J. Sykes & A. Warson 28), Tollerton 55.

Division 5: Cawood 56, David Lloyd 3 52; Wiggington 2 54, Riccall 54; Wilberfoss 1 51, Fulford 3 57 (G. Stephenson & S. Richards 28).

Division 6: Poppleton 3 65, Dunnington 4 43; Bubwith 2 39, Copmanthorpe 2 69.

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 49 (N. Muir & K. Lees 34), Rufforth 2 59; York 3 80, Wilberfoss 2 28 (Wilberfoss only had 2 couples).

Press Report – Week 4

David Lloyd 2 trounced a depleted Rowntree Park team so top division 3 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation League, Dinah Burke and Fiona White, achieving a perfect score of 36 games. Pocklington’s pairs performed consistently in their team’s tight win over Bubwith, whilst Rhian Scott and Laura Simpson led the way in Copmanthorpe’s 63-45 victory over Knaresborough. Fulford 2 chalked up their first win of the season against lowly Cliffe, Charlotte O’ Shea and Susan Scott bagging 12 games in their second rubber.

Emma Loten and Alex Bolam took 31 games in Dunnington’s division 1 demolition of Bishopthorpe. Castlegarth were indebted to Rachel Hill and Yvonne Mannall, who scored 28 games as Garth fought out a draw with York 2. Elsewhere, Fulford went down to a heavy defeat against Pocklington, who again were inspired by Rebecca Hill and Victoria Bland.

Wigginton’s good start to the season continues in division 2, Sarah Blacker and Lorainne Waudby were undefeated in Wig’s 63-45 win at Rufforth. David Lloyd 1 remain top after their 67-41 victory over Wistow. Mum and daughter, Trish and Angie Bell finished unbeaten for Castlegarth in their win over local rivals Boston Spa.

Lucy Collier and Sally Simpson assisted Sutton to their first victory of the campaign at Tollerton in division 4. Elsewhere, Nicky Georgiou and Jean White were unbeaten for New Earswick as they overcame second placed Heworth. It’s Boston Spa who top the pile though after beating Poppleton 58-50.

Poppleton 3 maintained their 100% record in division 6, Edie Jones and Sue Jones led the way as Popp overcame Bubwith 61-47. Jacqui Crawley and Jean Leaver scored 24 games in David Lloyd’s victory at Dunnington, whilst struggling Sheriff went down to a heavy defeat at Knaresborough.

Rufforth top division 7, Wendy Farnell and Vicky Wrigley making a significant contribution in their team’s triumph at Wilberfoss. York’s good start continued as they defeated Copmanthorpe 57-51. Meanwhile, Trisha Davies and Pauline Connelly scored 33 games as Appleton hammered Stamford Bridge 84-24.

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Pocklington duo – Rebecca Hill (left) & Victoria Bland who scored 29 games in Pock’s division 1 victory at Fulford


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 1 22, Dunnington 1 86 (C & K Mitchell 33, E. Loten & A. Bolem 31); York 2 54, Castlegarth 1 54 (R. Hill & Y. Mannall 28); Fulford 1 35. Pocklington 73 (R.Hill & V. Bland 29).

Division 2: Wistow 41, David Lloyd 1 67; Rufforth 1 45, Wiggington 63; Castlegarth 2 60, Boston Spa 1 48.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 1 63, Knaresborough 1 45; David Lloyd 2 102, Rowntree Park 6 (RP only had 2 couples); Pocklington 2 55, Bubwith 1 53; Fulford 2 65, Cliffe 43.

Division 4: Tollerton 45, Sutton Upon Derwent 63 (L. Collier & S. Simpson 30); Heworth 47, New Earswick 61; Boston Spa 2 58, Poppleton 2 50.

Division5: Riccall 75 (E. Thomas & H. Page 30), Dunnington 3 33.

Divison6: Dunnnington 4 50, David Lloyd 4 58; Bubwith 2 47, Poppleton 3 61; Knaresborough 2 75, Sheriff Hutton 33.

Division 7: York 3 57, Copmanthorpe 51; Stamford Bridge 24, Appleton Roebuck 84 ( T.Davies & P. Connelly 33); Wilberfoss 2 46, Rufforth 2 62 (W. Farnell & V. Wrigley 29).

Press Report- week 3

Knaresborough 2 – Achieve their first win in over a year!

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Left to right (back) Margaret Sykes, Ros Murdoch and Linda Parkin (front) Aimee Cross, Sheree Ashman and Anne Boodt.

Boston Spa top division 4 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. They maintained their 100% record with a 56-52 win at New Earswick, captain Ann McCreesh and Sandy Clough finishing unbeaten. Marilyn Almgill and Chris Howatt bagged 26 games in Appleton’s first win of the season over Heworth. Popp seconds edged a 57-51 victory against Tollerton, whilst Bish got their first points on the board, defeating Sutton 68-40.

Castlegarth couple, Angela Wood and Hetty Albun, achieved the rare feat of finishing unbeaten against York 1, however, it wasn’t enough to defeat the division 1 leaders, who finished as 61-47 victors. A haul of 25 games from Nicola Loten and Kate Reader helped Dunnington to a 55-53 triumph at Pocklington. Fulford logged a first win against Bishopthorpe, meantime, Poppleton continue to struggle, going down 72-36 at York seconds.

Boston Spa upset the form book in division 2, Lorainne Pearey and Lesley Haley starred in Spa’s victory against leaders David Lloyd. Dunnington are second, Sue Sumner and Joyce Rhodes including a 12-0 in their team’s 64-44 defeat of Castlegarth. Starbeck got the better of Rufforth in their mid-table clash.

David Lloyd 2 and Knaresborough remain unbeaten in division 3, DL eased past Cliffe, whilst Janice McMillan and Chantal Lancaster scored 28 games in ‘boro’s 71-37 victory over Bubwith. Pam Campbell and Sarah Richards grabbed a vital 10 games in their final rubber to help Fulford snatch a draw against Copmanthorpe.

Wigginton 2 march on at the top of division 5, Helen Brown and Yvonne Petruso scored 28 games in Wig’s 71-37 defeat of Dunnington. Fulford 3 got the better of the newly promoted teams, beating David Lloyd 61-47, elsewhere, Denise Neary and Michelle Hall top scored for Riccall in their win at Wilberfoss.

Copmanthorpe demolished Sheriff 88-20 so top division 6, Juliette Neylon and Jenny Davis opening with a 12-0 in their first rubber. Knaresborough seconds recorded their first win in over a year, though by the tightest of margins, creeping past Dunnington by a couple of games. David Lloyd 4 had their first victory of the campaign, beating Bubwith 63-45.

League newcomers York 3 started life in division 7 with a victory at Stamford Bridge, captain Jean Jaram and Caroline Mitchell claimed 25 games to see their team home. Copmanthorpe 3 top the table after a hard-fought win against Wilberfoss, whilst Rufforth defeated Appleton 66-42.


Division 1: York 2 72, Poppleton 1 36; Castlegarth 1 47, York 1 61; Pocklington 1 53, Dunnington 1 55; Fulford 1 67, Bishopthorpe 1 41 ( K.Spry & J. McCreedy 28).

Division 2: Boston Spa 1 61, David Lloyd 1 47; Starbeck 60, Rufforth 1 48; Dunnington 2 64, Castlegarth 2 44.

Division 3: David Lloyd 2 72, Cliffe 36; Knaresborough 1 71, Bubwith 1 37; Fulford 2 54, Copmanthorpe 1 54.

Division 4: Poppleton 2 57, Tollerton 51; Bishopthorpe 2 68, Sutton Upon Derwent 40; New Earswick 52, Boston Spa 2 56; Appleton Roebuck 58, Heworth 50.

Division 5: Wigginton 2 71 (H. Brown & Y. Petruso 28), Dunnington 3 37; David Lloyd 3 47, Fulford 3 61 (N.Browne & G.Stephenson 28); Wilberfoss 1 49, Riccall 59.

Division 6: Copmanthorpe 2 88 (L. Withers & C. Fuller 30), Sheriff Hutton 20; Dunnington 4 53, Knaresborough 2 55; Bubwith 2 45, David Lloyd 4 63 (J. Leavers & J. Crowley 29).

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 40, York 3 68; Rufforth 2 66, Appleton Roebuck 2 42; Copmanthorpe 3 56, Wilberfoss 2 52.


Week 2 – Report & Results

David Lloyd 1 breezed past Rufforth 82-26 to top division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis league, led by captain Sheila Duxbury and league newcomer, Zeyner Aslan, who took 28 games. Wigginton stay unbeaten after a 69-39 victory over Boston Spa, Whilst Trish and Angie Bell were undefeated to steer Castlegarth to their first win of the campaign against Starbeck.

The weekend’s star performers were Pocklington’s Rebecca Hill and Victoria Bland, who only dropped a couple of games in Pock’s division 1 victory at Bishopthorpe. Castlegarth continued their good start with victory at Poppleton. Mother and daughter Karen and Charlotte Mitchell teamed up to score 30 games in Dunnington’s defeat of Fulford. York 1 displayed no sentiment as they thrashed their second team 81-27.

David Lloyd 2 lead division 3 after a 63-45 win at Copmanthorpe, but are matched on points and games difference by Knaresborough, for whom Natasha Quigley and Arina Fjordova were unbeaten in their win against Cliffe. Pocklington produced a strong final rubber to edge a 55-53 victory over Fulford 2, whilst Bubwith logged their first win of the season against Rowntree Park.

In division 4 Tollerton’s Tina Gallon and Pippa Bailey led a consistent team performance to defeat Appleton 60-48. New Earswick had a closer encounter against Bishopthorpe 2, recording a 56-52 win. Kate Butterfield and Simone Deveraux bagged 25 games in Boston Spa’s victory over Sutton. Poppleton 2 were only able to field two couples at Heworth so suffered a heavy defeat.

Fulford 3 are adjusting well to life in division 5, Su Watson and Veronique Knighton took 24 games in the team’s 67-41 defeat of Cawood. Wigginton top the table after a resounding 70-38 win against Wilberfoss, this despite Foss’s Gerry Screeton and Nicola Ramshaw being unbeaten. David Lloyd 3 scored their first points of the season in a tight victory over Dunnington.

Copmanthorpe head division 6, Clare Fuller and Lynda Withers impressed with 28 games in their win at David Lloyd. Poppleton 3 were indebted to Jo Allerton and Helen Hatfield who remained unbeaten in their team’s 59-49 victory at Knaresborough. Bubwith 2 opened their campaign with a 69-39 victory over Sheriff Hutton.

Stamford Bridge are the first leaders of division 7, Natelie Muir and Angela Rothery included a 12-0 in Bridge’s win at Wilberfoss. Copmanthorpe overcame Rufforth by the tightest of margins, Lynda Withers and Imogen Fuller scoring 22 of Cop’s 55 game total.


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 1 38, Pocklington 1 70 (R. Hill & V. Bland 34); Poppleton 1 42, Castlegarth 66; Dunnington 1 62 (K & C Mitchell 30), Fulford 1 46; York 1 81, York 2 27.

Division 2: Wigginton 1 69 (D. Crane & S. Espiner 30), Boston Spa 1 39; Castlegarth 2 60, Starbeck 48; David Lloyd 1 82, Rufforth 1 26.

Division 3: Bubwith 64, Rowntree Park 44; Pocklington 2 55, Fulford 2 53; Copmanthorpe 1 45, David Lloyd 2 63; Cliffe 42, Knaresborough 1 66.

Division 4: New Earswick 56, Bishopthorpe 2 52, Tollerton 60, Appleton Roebuck 1 48; Heworth 81, Poppleton 2 27 (Popp only has 2 couples); Boston Spa 2 63, Sutton Upon Derwent 45.

Division 5: Fulford 3 67, Cawood 41; Wigginton 2 70, Wilberfoss 1 38; Dunnington 3 51, David Lloyd 3 57.

Division 6: Sheriff Hutton 39, Bubwith 2 69, David Lloyd 36, Copmanthorpe 2 72; Knaresborough 2 49, Poppleton 3 59.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 2 41, Stamford Bridge 67 (N. Muir & A. Rothery 29); Rufforth 2 53, Copmanthorpe 3 55.

Week 1 – Report & Results


Bish duo – Laura Rhodes (left) & Ellie Page

York 1 started the 2017 season’s Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League as they finished the last one; a heavy defeat of Pocklington sees them in their familiar position at the top of division 1. Bishopthorpe were the other big winners in the top flight, Ellie Page & Laura Rhodes (pictured), scoring 32 games, in their victory over an under-par Popp squad. Newly promoted teams Castlegarth and Fulford met at Wetherby, with the home team edging a 60-48 victory.

In division 2, scores of twenty plus from all three of David Lloyd’s pairs led them to a comfortable win over Castlegarth 2. A thirty-game haul from Sue Espiner and Eleanor Bradshaw edged Wig to victory at Dunnington, whilst Rufforth had a comfortable 69-39 win over Boston Spa.

Pocklington 2 started life in division 3 with a comprehensive victory at Cliffe, Alice Mowforth and Cordie Cavill were the week’s top scorers with 33 games. David Lloyd 2 eased past fellow promoted team Bubwith, 72-36, whilst Knaresborough 1 defeated Fulford seconds.

A good all round team performance enabled Tollerton to beat New Earswick in division 4, whilst Ann McCreesh and Sandy Clough led the way in Boston Spa’s win at Appleton. Heworth began their campaign with a close victory at Sutton.

Wig 2 thumped Cawood 86-22 in the opening week’s biggest win so top division 5. Sophie Marshman and Michelle Hall took 25 games to help Riccall to a narrow victory over David Lloyd 3. Fulford 3 got the better of Dunnington with a 66-42 win.

Popp 3 top division 6 after a 69-39 victory over David Lloyd 4 and Copmanthorpe defeated Knaresborough 66-42.


Division 1: Castlegarth 1 60, Fulford 1 40; Pocklington 1 27, York 1 81 (L.Marshman & W. Stirke 31); Bishopthorpe 1 76 (E. Page & L. Rhodes 32), Poppleton 1 32; York 2 31, Dunnington 1 77 (E. Loten & A. Bolam 30).

Division 2: Dunnington 2 50, Wigginton 1 58 (S.Espiner & E. Bradshaw 30); David Lloyd 1 72, Castlegarth 2 36; Rufforth 1 69, Boston Spa 39; Wistow 58, Starbeck 50.

Division 3: Bubwith 1 36, Davis Lloyd 2 72 (D.Holman & L. Fawcett 29); Cliffe 27, Pocklington 2 81 (A.Mowforth & C.Cavill 33); Knaresborough 1 69, Fulford 2 39; Rowntree Park 12, Copmanthorpe 1 96.

Division 4: Tollerton 62, New Earswick 46; Appleton Roebuck 1 43, Boston Spa 2 65; Sutton Upon Derwent 51, Heworth 57; Poppleton 2 56, Bishopthorpe 2 52.

Division 5: David Lloyd 3 49, Riccall 59; Wigginton 2 86, Cawood 22; Fulford 3 66, Dunnington 3 42.

Division 6: Poppleton 3 69, David Lloyd 4 39; Copmanthorpe 2 66, Knaresborough 2 42; Dunnington 4 47, Sheriff Hutton 61.





Triumphant York Take Top Trophy Again


Back row L to R: Claudia Nisbet (Bubwith 2), Kathryn Maude (York 1), Suzanne Straw (David Lloyd 3), Maxine Gordon (David Lloyd 2); Front row L to R:  Helen Gray (Heworth), Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1), Jill Marsden (Wistow).

Jubilant York lifted the division 1 trophy at the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League presentations for the fourth year in succession. They were the only team to finish the season with a 100% win record and in doing so secured 1054 games, the most by any team in the league. Runners up, Dunnington, were only defeated twice, on both occasions by the champions, and were the only other team in the league to win over 1000 games.

Fulford took the second division crown and also completed the season undefeated, though did include a couple of draws in their results. They return to the top tier, along with Castlegarth, both teams having had just one season away.

Wistow took the division 3 title and so will move into division 2 for the first time in their history. Second placed Castlegarth bounce straight back up after being relegated last year.

Two teams battled out the division 4 top slot for most of the season, David Lloyd’s eight match unbeaten run ultimately saw them finish the stronger to top the table ahead of Bubwith.

The league’s closest finish was in division 5 where Heworth claimed the title by finishing just a point ahead of Bishopthorpe.

David Lloyd 3 lost only one game in their march to the division 6 crown. Fulford will join them in division 5, returning after their relegation last term.

Two of the three new teams to enter the League, Bubwith 2 and David Lloyd 4, will both be promoted from division 7, Bubwith as champions.

The League also recognised the top scoring player from each division, these were Wendy Stirke (York 1) – 377 games, Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1) – 334, Rachel Huggins (Wistow) – 314, Liz Bramley (Bubwith 1) 283, Andrene Watson ( Bishopthorpe 2) – 286, Charlotte O’ Shea (Fulford 3) – 265 and Tracey Howbridge (Bubwith 2) – 242.


Wendy Stirke won the Terry Haw trophy which is awarded to the player that won the most games in the league. On presenting the cup, Terry Haw recognised Stirke’s  incredible achievement of playing at such a high level and  consistently gaining such impressive scores.

Beryl Bean Over 55’s Tournament

BB Winners – Wig’s Denise Crane (left) and Sue Espiner



Debutant Wigginton pair Sue Espiner and Denise Crane lifted this season’s Beryl Bean Over 55’s Trophy after defeating Rosie Cantrell and Hilary Spencer 6-2 in the final.

The tournament involved nine couples from various clubs and divisions of the ladies league contending in two groups. Tollerton’s Pippa Bailey and Tina Galleon just missed out on advancing from the group stages, finishing a game behind Jill McCreedy and Chris Place. This set up a close semifinal, McCreedy and Place going down 4-3 to Cantrell and Spencer, who had dominated their group.

The other semi saw Crane and Espiner ease past Wilberfoss duo Bev Tebbutt and Chris Oldfield. This set up a Wig v Popp final.

The final saw all four players produce some compelling rallies, but Espiner and Crane ultimately gained the upper hand to take the title at their first attempt.

Tournament sponsor Beryl Bean thanked hosts Wigginton for organising a very well run tournament and also all the participants for providing some excellent matches.